Tag Archives: Weddings

Recent Weddings at San Francisco’s City Hall. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement)


Good Evening:

Four recent examples of a major achievement in most people’s lives.

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Vonn Scott Bair

Four Weddings & A Lunch Hour in a Single Afternoon.


Good Afternoon:

The huge number of weddings at San Francisco’s City Hall, but I never saw such variety of weddings in a single afternoon before. During my walk to the City’s Department of Human Resources, I passed two such celebrations. First, a small party dancing after a traditional civil ceremony.


The fact the the groom is also a woman does not make this wedding any less traditional. Welcome to San Francisco, where we invent our centuries-old traditions on the fly. Turning to my right, I walked into an unusually extravagant wedding; you normally don’t see lion dancers and tourists.

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Walking past City Hall on the return trip, I saw this military wedding party.


And during my second trip to the City’s DHR on that day, a woman waving to her soon-to-be spouse; either the bride was early or he (perhaps she?) was late.


But people do more than get married in San Francisco. They work, too, and when they work, they take lunch breaks. We have so many construction projects in the neighborhood that I have no idea where they work, but you can tell they work hard for the meal.

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Vonn Scott Bair


Something Borrowed, Something Blue… (Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold)


Good Evening:

“So what’s a threshold that is not a threshold?” I asked myself after lunch today. “Can I think of something different for this week’s Photo Challenge?” I wondered as I wandered about the Civic Center to burn off a few calories. Didn’t seem like I would have anything even remotely original for this week (which is why they call it a Challenge, right?)

Then I walked past City Hall.


Not so hard after all.

Newlyweds on the threshold of a new life together.

Friday was a busy day for the folks who perform civil unions on behalf of The City & County of San Francisco. All of these first five shots came within the space of only a few minutes.

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And one more couple on their way to their appointment. I like the idea of bringing coffee to your own wedding; would not do to fall asleep during your own ceremony, would it?


I snapped quite a few happy moments recently. These civil unions must make at least a tidy little sum of money for the City’s coffers; certainly, we perform enough of them.


I feel pretty certain that shot captured three wedding parties. I like the woman in the foreground, who can’t even bother too look back. She must work in City Hall.

A miscellany of new beginnings:

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I hope this blog post finds you on the threshold of a pleasant weekend.

Vonn Scott Bair

A Traffic Jam of Weddings (Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition)


Good Evening:

San Francisco City Hall is a great place for weddings and a better place, setting, and background for wedding pictures–sometimes too great. For example, today. Consider this another sort of puzzle. Study the picture carefully.


Now, can you count the number of newly wedded couples in the picture?

There were four.

Which led to a bit of a traffic jam of wedding photography on the steps of City Hall. Note for example, the couple at the extreme right waiting for the other three couples to get out of the way. Four couples, four wedding parties, four professional wedding photographers, all tangled up, all juxtaposed on top of, in the middle of, and mixed up with each other. Fortunately, everyone managed to work out everything. And that’s a good thing, right? I mean, who wants to see four happily wedded couples get hauled off to the hoosegow, all bloody and beat up after brawling with each other over who would get the best picture?

Vonn Scott Bair

PS–It’s a little hard to spot the other three couples, but one of the grooms is leaning against a wall at the extreme left, in the right center area you can see a photographer in a grey shirt taking pictures of another couple, while the final pair are obscured behind their friends in the middle at the top of the stairs.

Weddings @ San Francisco City Hall (Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit)


Good Evening:

A photo essay that combines four habits in one blog post! Now that constitutes good value for the money.

2-4 times each week, I get to enjoy a brisk 10 block round trip walk from San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters to the City & County of San Francisco’s Department of Human Resources. This habitual walk helps me do my job and get in some exercise at the same time. The second habit? I always take my camera with me. You never know.

The third habit isn’t mine.

Photographing the Happy Couple after the City Hall Wedding, 4 November 2013

Photographing the Happy Couple after the City Hall Wedding, 4 November 2013

Couples have made a habit of officially tying the knot at San Francisco’s City Hall every since it opened. And why not? The architecture ranks among the best in American public buildings and the interior ground level under the dome is one of the most spectacular. Here’s another shot in black-and-white, because I can’t decide which works better.

Photography after the Civil Wedding at San Francisco's City Hall, 4 November 2013

Photography after the Civil Wedding at San Francisco’s City Hall, 4 November 2013

I don’t know if the older chap with the skateboard was just looking at me, or just looking at my camera, or if he realized I was taking a picture.

This couple eschewed the traditional limousine in favor something more environmentally friendly, more intimate, and yet more public, all at the same time.

Newlyweds in the Pedi-Cab, 8 November 2013

Newlyweds in the Pedi-Cab, 8 November 2013

But don’t think they travelled alone!

Newlyweds with Videographer, 8 November 2013

Newlyweds with Videographer, 8 November 2013

You really should not feel surprised they had a wedding videographer. That represents the fourth habit in this blog post! I challenge my fellow Pressers to see if they can cram five into one of theirs. My last photograph presented plenty of challenges, and even after straightening the shot, cropping it severely, and reducing the brightness slightly, it still doesn’t feel right.


Ah, yes, the happy couple posing on their motor scooter. This took place at the other end of the plaza in front of City Hall, and honestly, occurred after my day had done and I was walking to my bus stop. But look at those shadows. Ah, yes, The Magic Hour. That wonderful accursed happy infuriating @#$%*^&! (pardon my language) Magic Hour which wreaks havoc on the “brains” of my point-and-shoot camera. Looks like the time has come for another attempt at B&W:

Motor Scooter Newly Marrieds, San Francisco Civic Center, 31 October 2013

Motor Scooter Newly Marrieds, San Francisco Civic Center, 31 October 2013

This time, I feel fairly certain that the B&W is slightly better, with a bit of a Winogrand slightly blurry feel as opposed to (for example) Friedlander. Of course, this photo shoot of the wedding photo shoot took place on Hallowe’en. They could have been in costume, because dressing up on October 31st is a fifth San Francisco habit.

Dang. I have described five habits in one photo essay. Not four. I’ve posed a bigger challenge to my blogging friends than I originally believed.

Vonn Scott Bair